Between velvet and over-the-knee (OTK) boots, it’s only taken me until the end of the year to immerse myself in the sartorial trends of 2016. Better later than never, though, as they say. In my opinion, OTK boots are, without a doubt, the present Queen Bee of the shoe world. For one, they are a pragmatic substitute for when we are just simply NOT in the mood to squeeze ourselves into a tight pair of pants. Secondly, no one can chide you for wearing what some might feel to be “too short” a skirt if you’ve got boot legs (not to be confused with illicit activities) for days.
I looked to Public Desire to fulfill my OTK boot needs, and I am very pleased with the results. For someone who can barely endure a stroll in two-inch heels, the chunky heel on these guys seem to swoop in and save the day (and my feet from a lifetime of swelling) every time. In styling the boots, I wanted to create a combined vintage and city chic ensemble. I chose my ivory, ’70s vibes shift dress from Nasty Gal as my top of sorts and paired it with my sister’s pleated leather skirt. It pays to live and share genes with a bona fide fashionista.
To round out the look, I FINALLY have a new handbag to debut. Patience is a virtue, my dear children. I picked up this furry number from the ever-tempting trenches of Topshop. I had managed to wander into the store twice within a week, and both times, I just felt an instant connection with this bag and had to take it home. Of course, let’s not forget the teddy coat, which I’ve decided to retire from the blog for at least a few posts. It was a difficult decision, but I think it needs a little breather.
Photography: Caitee Smith